Get Ready For Winter Weather Now!
Of course, you don’t want to think about getting your ready car for freezing temperatures and snowbound streets. Unfortunately, wintertime will show up on schedule whether you think about it or not. Your car will do just fine if you get ready for winter now. That means maintenance tasks and minor repairs. It also means giving your car the TLC it needs to roll through winter weather and get you where you need to go.
As you establish your car’s pre-winter maintenance gameplan, here are a few tasks to add to your list.
Maintain Your Battery
You won’t be able to go anywhere if you can’t power-up your car. Before winter comes, you should check your battery fluid, de-grease the case, and clean your posts. If your battery is old and visibly worn, have it tested first. It might be time to buy a replacement.
Check Your Brakes
Cold weather can make worn brakes worse. All that winter weather stopping—and going—and stopping generates heat that can wear them down even more. Unless you’re skilled at brake work, have them maintained, repaired, or replaced by a professional you trust.
Maintain Your Tires
You can’t go anywhere in winter weather unless your tires are up to the task. There are several things you can do to make sure.
- Check for tire recalls by visiting the NHTSA Tire Recall page.
- Check your tread depth. 2/32” is the legally mandated depth. You should consider replacing your tires before they wear down that far.
- Examine your tires for sidewall damage and slow leaks.
- Make sure they’re properly inflated.
- Consider buying winter tires for greater traction, fewer skids, and better handling.
Check Your heating System
If your heater isn’t functioning, it’s best to find out before it gets too cold. You should do the initial maintenance inspection and pre-winter tests, but if your heater doesn’t work, things could get complicated. If that happens, consider letting your mechanic do the work.
- Run your heater to see if it warms your car.
- Check the air-flow into the passenger compartment to make sure it changes when you adjust the fan settings.
- Search for (and listen for) malfunctioning mechanical parts.
- Check your fuse to make sure it’s working.
Maintain Your Radiator
Make sure you conduct proper radiator maintenance before it gets too cold.
- Check your system hoses, belts, and clamps to make sure they’re not too worn to make it through the winter.
- Consider having a radiator flush and fill so your coolant is clean and debris-free.
- Adjust your coolant to a 60/40 fluid-to-water proportion to handle colder weather.
Switch to Winter Wiper Blades
Replace your worn wiper blades before the first winter storm. Consider temporary rubber-clad winter blade replacements. They operate smoothly during wintry weather and keep your hinges from icing up. You can store your current blades and replace them in the spring.
Roggi’s Auto Service in Hartford CT
Even if you are a DIY car lover, our certified technicians can help you get your car into shape for the winter. We’ll perform all of your pre-winter tests and maintenance. Or we’ll do only the tasks you just don’t want to do. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at (860) 200-3480. We promise to treat you like family.